Jacksonville Beach Police Officer Injured In Shooting

Officer has been released from the hospital, expected to make a full recovery.

A Jacksonville Beach police officer was wounded Wednesday night in a gunfight with a suspect outside the Waffle House on Beach Boulevard.

In a news conference held Thursday morning, Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Patrick Dooley (pictured in file photo) identified the wounded officer as William Eierman, a 16-year veteran of the police force. Eierman was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with the suspect, 27-year-old Jovan Sisljagic.

Dooley said that the incident began when Sisljagic opened fire on a passing police car being driven on Shetter Avenue near the Jimmy Hula’s restaurant on Beach Boulevard. Several officers in the area responded to the incident, and the suspect ran to the east, where he was confronted by Officer Eierman, and more gunfire was exchanged.

“Officer Eierman was struck twice,” Dooley said, “once in the leg, and once in the pelvic region. The suspect was shot three times total. Officer Eierman was transported to Memorial Hospital. The suspect was also transported to the hospital. He was later treated and released. He has since been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder.”

Eierman was released from the hospital Thursday afternoon. He was said to be in good spirits. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken the lead in the investigation of the shooting as a police officer was involved.

(Image from file)

Jacksonville Beach Police

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